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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pop Bryan Ferry, “Avonmore” (BMG). How is it possible that, 33 years after the release of the Roxy Music masterpiece “Avalon,” that album’s driving creative force, B... Read More

Friday, November 21, 2014

JAZZ/CABARETMarcus GoldhaberMarcus Goldhaber, a Western New York native, appeared in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in spring 2013 in a Harold Arlen show. He’s a straightforward singer, w... Read More

Friday, November 21, 2014

CLASSICALAngel BlueAngel Blue is a young soprano whom Placido Domingo hailed as “the next Leontyne Price.” She has vocal equipment, but she needs a little more experience in aesthetics. ... Read More

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pop/CountryGarth BrooksMan Against Machine [RCA]2 and 1/2 starsIn the early ’90s, when Garth Brooks emerged as the leading light amongst a new generation of country artists, his clear affection... Read More

Monday, November 17, 2014

PopOne DirectionFour[Columbia]2 starsThe good news is, One Direction is finally showing sign of growing up. The bad news is, One Direction is growing up to become Bon Jovi. Which makes the band’... Read More

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rock Pink Floyd, “The Endless River” (Columbia). As a full-blown Pink Floyd album, “The Endless River” is not likely to give epic platters like “Wish You Were Here&#... Read More

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fazil SaySay Plays Say[Naive]Fazil Say is a unique artist, a pianist, jazz pianist and composer from Ankara, Turkey. In 2013, he made headlines when he ran afoul of the latter-day Turkish government, ... Read More

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ClassicalMaurice Steger and I BarocchistiVivaldi: Concerti per flauto[Harmonia Mundi]3.5 starsNo one who saw Maurice Steger on the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Series will ever forget it. Steger was like so... Read More

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PopWhitney HoustonLive: Her Greatest Performances[Arista/RCA/Legacy]4 starsLet’s talk about “The Star Spangled Banner” first. When Whitney Houston got through with it at the begin... Read More

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ClassicalThe Marian ConsortChristmas With the Shepherds[Delphian]Four starsThe Marian Consort, a group from Oxford University in England under director Rory McCleery, has an interesting yuletide theme... Read More
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